Grand Honorary Award

Sam Neill
He will receive the award on Saturday, October 12th. (Auditori, 9.00 p.m. Closing Gala)

His career as a film actor began with the Australian productions Sleeping Dogs (1977) by Roger Donaldson and My Brilliant Career (1979) by Gillian Armstrong. These movies opened the doors for him to the international scene, working in films such as Possession (1981), Evil Angels (1988) and Dead Calm (1989). In 1993, he experienced two milestones in his career, starring in Jane Campion’s The Piano, winner of the Golden Palm in Cannes, and Steven Spielberg's revolutionary and iconic Jurassic Park. His filmography also includes titles like Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer (1998), Sally Potter’s Yes (2004), Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016), and the series Reilly: Ace of Spies, The Tudors and Peaky Blinders. In addition to his work as an actor, he owns an organic winery and is an activist for the environmental cause.

 

Time Machine Award

Patrick Wilson
He will receive the award on Thursday, October 3rd. (Auditori, 7:00 p.m. Opening Gala)

Actor, singer and producer, he has worked as a performer in musical theater and film, and has participated in various television projects. He debuted on Broadway with The Full Monty (2000), in film with The Alamo (2004), and in Sitges we got to know him through his controversial role in Hard Candy (2005). His work in the fantastic genre has led him to participate in Watchmen (2009), Prometheus (2009) or Space Station 76 (2014), and to be a regular face in contemporary horror hand in hand with James Wan, thanks to three of the best-known sagas in this genre: Insidious, The Conjuring and Annabelle. In 2015, he surprised us with his performance as Arthur O'Dwyer in Bone Tomahawk, and this year he returns to horror directed by Vincenzo Natali in In the Tall Grass. 

Charles Band
He will receive the award on Saturday, October 5th. (Auditori, 1:00 a.m. Midnight X-Treme - La Nit + Zombie Marathon)

American director and producer of hundreds of horror, science fiction, fantasy and comedy movies, he will receive a Time Machine Award for his contribution to the fantastic genre, and will be in charge of kicking off the traditional Sitges Zombie Walk. One of the most prolific producers of Hollywood B Movies during the 80s and 90s, Brigadoon 2019 will be screening some of the most important titles from his filmography, both as producer and director, thanks to the Festival's collaboration with Planet Horror, the only horror movie platform in Spain, produced by AMC Networks and Redum.

Javier Botet
He will receive the award on Monday, October 7th. (Auditori, 6:30 p.m. Screening of 'Amigo')   

A film and television actor, director and short film screenwriter, his film career is closely linked to the fantastic genre. His particular physical build got Brian Yuzna's attention for a small role in Beneath Still Waters (2005), and shortly afterwards he terrorized the horror movie scene with his interpretation of the Medeiros girl in the [Rec] saga. His collaborations with Álex de la Iglesia and Carlos Vermut in Spanish cinema were followed by some of the most important international fantastic films. A triple role in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak (2015), the frightening humanoid he gives life to in The Conjuring 2 (2016) and his contribution to both parts of It.

Maribel Verdú
She will receive the award on Monday, October 7th. (Auditori, 8:30 p.m. Screening of  'El asesino de los caprichos') 

A film, theater and television actress, her thirty plus years of professional career in the Spanish film industry are witness to the recent history of national cinema. She debuted hand in hand with Vicente Aranda in the series La huella del crimen, who she coincided with again in Lovers: A True Story (1991), which earned her a first Goya nomination. In the nineties she secured her career with films like the Oscar-winning Belle Époque (1992), Golden Balls (1993), Lucky Star (1997) or Goya in Bordeaux (99), and with the arrival of the new century, she took the international step with Alfonso Cuarón’s And Your Mother Too (2001) and Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro (2009). In the fantastic genre she puts in outstanding performances as Mercedes in Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), and in her collaborations with Pablo Berger in Abracadabra (2017) and Snow White (2012), the second film earning her a second Goya. 

 

Nosferatu Award

Pupi Avati
He will receive the award on Sunday, October 6th. (Auditori, 2:15 p.m. Screening of 'The Nest')

Born in Bologna, he got his start in show business as a clarinetist in the Rheno Jazz Band. In 1968 he directed his first feature film, Balsamus, l’uomo di Satana, initiating a career in cinema that led him to direct, produce and write more than fifty movies. He collaborated with Pier Paolo Pasolini on the screenplay for Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975), and has touched a wide variety of genres, from musical biopic -Bix (1991) to romantic comedy -Incantato (2003) -, and he has bequeathed us with great works in Italian fantastic genre such as La casa dalle finestre che ridono (1976), Zeder (1983) and L'Arcano incantatore (1996). He has been a member of juries in Venice and Cannes, and his career has earned him a plethora of awards both in Italy and abroad.

 

Méliès Career Award

Asia Argento
She will receive the award on Sunday, October 6th. (Auditori, 10:45 p.m. Screening of 'Lux Aeterna')  

Born into one of the most important families in Italian cinema, she performed her first roles in front of the camera in films like Zoo (Cristina Comencini, 1988), Red Wood Pidgeon (Nanni Moretti, 1989) and The Church (Michele Soavi, 1989). The third was produced by her father, Dario Argento, who has directed her in movies such as Trauma (1993), The Stendhal Syndrome (1996) or Mother of Tears (2007). Her filmography also includes outstanding films like New Rose Hotel (Abel Ferrara, 1998), xXx (Rob Cohen, 2002), Land of the Dead (George A. Romero, 2005), Boarding Gate (Olivier Assayas, 2007) and On War (Bertrand Bonello, 2008). She directed the feature films Scarlet Diva (2000), The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004) and Misunderstood (2014), and in 2013 she released the album Total Entropy. In recent years, she has emerged as one of the strongest voices out there when it comes to informing against the abuses that women suffer in the film industry.

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Luis Gasca
He will receive the award on Friday, October 11th. (Prado, 8:45 p.m. Screening of 'Children of the Sea')

A lawyer, born in San Sebastian, he has been extremely active doing work related to film and comics: he was the director of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, has published ground-breaking studies on the fantastic genre such as Imagen y ciencia-ficción (Image and Science Fiction), Mujeres fantásticas (Fantastic Women), Cine y ciencia-ficción (Cinema and Science Fiction), Cine de terror (Horror Movies), has curated 82 exhibitions, was the director of the Buru Lan and Pala publishing houses, and has contributed to film magazines such as Fotogramas, Ideal Film and Terror-Fantastic in Spain, Famous Monsters of Filmland in the United States and Midi-Minuit fantastique in France. A pioneer when it comes to addressing comics as an art and valuing fantastic films, he participated in founding the Sitges, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Bordighera, Lucca, Rome, Angoulème and Compiegne festivals. His collections are part of the Komikiak-Collection Luis Gasca, for the study of popular culture, located in San Sebastian.

 

RED CARPET

THURSDAY 03

17.30h –OPENING GALA
IN THE TALL GRASS (EN LA HIERBA ALTA) + REALITY
Vincenzo Natali, Patrick Wilson, Steve Hoban, Alex Ibáñez, Lidia Bosch. Jury: Anurag Kashyap, Alan Jones, Mary Jo Markey i Nancy Bishop

FRIDAY 04

15.45h –SUICIDE TOURIST
Jonas Alexander Arnby, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rasmus Birch, Katrin Pors, Eva Jakobsen, Niels Thastum i Mikkel Hess

20.00h –THE LODGE
Veronika Franz i Severin Fiala

22.15h –PARADISE HILLS
Adrián Guerra, Alice Waddington i Núria Valls

SATURDAY 05

19.45h –VENTAJAS DE VIAJAR EN TREN
Aritz Moreno, Juan Gordon, Merry Colomer, Leire Apellániz, Belén Cuesta, Javier Botet, Luis Tosar, Ernesto Alterio, Macarena Garcia, Javier Godino, Stéphane Mangin i Pilar Benito

00.30h –Charles Band + RABID + INFECCIÓN + SHED OF THE DEAD + LOVE BITE
Charles Band - Jen Soska - Sylvia Soska - Charles De Lauzirika - Flavio Pedota - Ruben Guevara - Eduardo R. Servello Francisco Bugallo, Nicholas Lean i Carlee Baker

SUNDAY 06

13.30h –Pupi Avati + THE NEST
Pupi Avati, Roberto De Feo, Francesca Cavallin, Justin Korovkin, Ginevra Francesconi, Davide Novelli, Edoardo Rossi i Gabriele Falseta

18.15h –THE ROOM
Christian Volckman i Olga Kurylenko

22.15h –MÉLIÈS GALA – Asia Argento + LUX AETERNA
Asia Argento i Gaspar Noé

MONDAY 07

18.00h – Javier Botet + NORMAN + AMIGO
Oscar Martin, Javier Botet, David Pareja, Elena Muñoz, Gigi Romero

19.45h –Maribel Verdú + EL ASESINO DE LOS CAPRICHOS
Aura Garrido, Gerardo Herrero, Mariela Besuievsky, Maribel Verdú i Daniel Grao

 TUESDAY 08

20.15h –EL HOYO
Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, David Matamoros, Ivan Massagué, Carlos Juárez, Raquel Perea, Angeles Hernandez, Antonia San Juan i Emilio Buale

 WEDNESDAY 09

14.00h –HER BLUE SKY
Tatsuyuki Nagai, Mari Okada, Genki Kawamura, Ryo Yoshizawa, Riho Yoshioka,
Masayoshi Tanaka i Genki Kawamura

THURSDAY 10

17.30h –BLOOD RED CARPET
Claudia Trujillo, David Solans, Pol Monen i Mireia Oriol

19.30h –LEGADO EN LOS HUESOS
Adrián Guerra, Marta Etura, Núria Valls, Mercedes Gamero, Imanol Arias, Peter Nadermann, Francesc Orella, Fernando González Molina, Rosa Pérez i Carolina Guillamas. 

FRIDAY 11

18.15h –CUERDAS
José Luis Montesinos, Arturo Mendiz, Paula Del Rio, Carles Pastor, Miguel Ángel Jenner, Marc Zumbach, Jordi Aguilar i Iakes Blesa

22.15h –COLOR OUT OF SPACE
Richard Stanley i Josh Waller

SATURDAY 12

16.45h –EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE
Aaron Paul

20.00h –CLOSING GALA – Sam Neill + THE VIGIL
Sam Neill, Anurag Kashyap, Alan Jones, Mary Jo Markey, Nancy Bishop, Keith Thomas i Adam Margules